My Fitness Pet Peeves – November Blogging Challenge #7
1. Fads – Here, strap this machine to your abs, and get a 6 pack in 3 weeks. Sorry sweetheart, but losing weight and getting the body you want isn’t that easy. If there were some magic pill or dvd or machine that did the work for you, then two-thirds of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese. If you want to get healthy, there’s no substitute for a healthy diet and a well-rounded exercise routine that consists of both cardio, strength training, and improving flexibility.
2. The myth that women will get too “big” lifting weights – The fact of the matter is, unless you’re training to be a bodybuilder, most women don’t have to worry about gaining too much muscle when starting a lifting program. How big your muscles will get is primarily determined by genetics and hormones. Testosterone is the hormone most responsible for muscle growth, and most women don’t have enough to get big and bulky like the guys. Lifting for women helps build LEAN muscle mass. Not only will it help you get that sexy toned look as you lose the weight, but it also increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories, even while sitting in front of your computer blogging.
3. Excuses – You know what they say excuses are like, right? The biggest ones I hear are “I don’t have time” and “Exercise is boring.” Guess what, you do have time. Just treat exercise like anything else. Put it in your calendar. Make a date with the gym. And exercise doesn’t have to be boring. You’re just doing it wrong. One of the things I tell all my potential clients (and I don’t even charge them for this little bit of wisdom) is to find something you enjoy as part of your weekly cardio routine. If you like to dance, take a class. If you love the water, swim or give water exercise a shot. Weekend warrior, find a flag football or adult soccer league. It’s ok if you’re not a runner. I will still love you and will just find other ways to torture you if you’re one of my training clients.